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5 Places to See Cherry Blossoms in New York City

5 Places to See Cherry Blossoms in New York City

It's cherry blossom season!

Springtime, particularly April and May, mark the prime months to view the beautiful cherry blossoms in the New York area. Cherry blossoms, also known as “sakura” in Japan, only bloom in the spring and draw crowds to see their beautiful blooms across the country. The breathtaking, flowering trees with their pink and white blossoms are surely a sight to see after a cold and dreary winter and mark a sure sign that spring is finally here. Here are the five spots across New York City that are perfect to bring your family to see them and take photos. Enjoy them while they last!

New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx

More than 200 flowering cherry trees are available to see across the NYBG’s lush landscape for the cherry blossom season. The grounds look cheerful and bright with the addition of the glorious blossoms on the 50-acre property. Some of the city’s oldest trees can be spotted here.

Riverside Park
72nd to 158th streets along the Hudson River, Manhattan

Head on over to Riverside Park’s Cherry Walk where you can see the fantastic cherry blossoms between 100th and 125th streets. In 1909, the Committee of Japanese Residents gifted NYC with 2,000 cherry trees in honor of the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the river nearby. This trip will be educational as well as a memorable sight to see!

Randall’s Island
Fields 62 & 63, Wards Meadow Loop, Randall's Island Park

Each year, the Randall’s Island Park Alliance holds a free Cherry Blossom Festival. Come see the magnificent trees along with crafts, games, performances, and more family-friendly fun. Check out the views along the East River and walk along the pedestrian trails as you breathe in the fresh cherry blossom scent.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden
1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn

Take a pleasant stroll across BBG’s Cherry Walk once the cherry blossoms appear. Each year, BBG holds a festival in honor of Sakura Matsuri, their annual cherry blossom festival. Walk along the Cherry Esplanade lawn and enjoy the cherry blossoms and other garden foliage.

Central Park
Mid-park at 72nd Street; Great Lawn; Loeb Boathouse across from East Drive; Lilac Walk on the northeast corner of Sheep's Meadow; and other locations throughout the park, Manhattan

Two species of cherry trees adorn Central Park in springtime: the Kwanzan Cherry and Yoshino Cherry. These spectacular trees can be spotted throughout the vast park among other trees and landscape sites. Head out for a full day of picnicking, playing, and fun while making sure to catch a glimpse of a cherry tree or two.


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